Start Doing These 5 Easy Things Daily to Feel Better and Improve Your Health
Human beings are creatures of habit, and in general we are very resistant to change and added effort. Many of us also have an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to self-improvement, especially in terms of our health.
For example, you may feel like to truly make a difference and make it worth your while, you have to commit to at minimum one full hour of strenuous exercise in the gym, every day. To lose weight or become more fit, you may think you have to completely redesign your diet and remove every food you love, with no room for error, or else you are a failure.
This sort of mentality sets us up for disappointment before we even begin, since it removes all of the fun, flexibility, and sustainability out of self-improvement efforts. As a Holistic Nutritionist, my approach when I work with my clients—and myself—is gentle and sustainable, since this has been shown to lead to better, longer-lasting results and greater satisfaction.
The saying “slow and steady wins the race” really holds true here. The changes and additions to your daily routine that I’m about to recommend might feel insignificant and like they aren’t making a difference at first, but it’s important to remember that healthy, long-lasting lifestyle changes shouldn’t feel dramatic and intense. You’ll notice over the course of even a few weeks that you’re starting to feel better and have more energy.
To make this approach even more sustainable and set yourself up for the greatest success, save this article and pick one habit to start with for two or three weeks, then return to tackle another, and so on. If you need more time to build each habit, have patience with yourself.
1. Start your day with a tall glass of water.
No, I’m not referring to who you may or may not wake up next to in bed. I’m talking about good, old fashioned H2O. So many of us don’t drink near enough water in the day. Upon waking is one of the most important times to hydrate since the body has just been sleeping and repairing itself for several hours.